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Endometriosis affects 10-14% of women and is characterized by endometrial implants outside the uterus lining. These are often painful, associated with inflammation, and can result in scarring/adhesive disease. Unfortunately, it takes an average of 6-10 [READ MORE]

Heart Attack Signs in Women

Adopting a low-inflammatory and low-processed food diet, exercising most days of the week, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce cardiovascular inflammation. Schedule an appointment to discuss your risk factors for heart disease and appropriate screening tests. We are committed to keeping our patients healthy and want to help you reduce your chance of heart disease. 

Bladder Health

There are conditions that can affect the bladder – pregnancy and childbirth, trauma, prolapse of pelvic organs, menopause, infections, inflammation, and cancer. It is important to see your healthcare provider if you experience blood in the urine, burning with urination, urinary urgency or frequency, difficulty emptying, urinary incontinence or pelvic pain.

The ABC’s of Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a virus. I will speak specifically about Hepatitis A, B, and C. The symptoms can include abdominal pain, fever, loss of appetite, nausea/vomiting, joint pain, jaundice, and gray-colored stools.

The Mind-Body Connection

We know there is a very strong mind-body connection. Many things that are good for the heart and body are also very good for the brain. Here is a list of practices that can keep your brain in tip tops shape.

Skin Cancer Prevention

Everyone is at risk of skin cancer – regardless of age, gender or race. Your skin needs protectionfrom the sun in order to reduce your risk of skin cancer. Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are attributable to UV exposure.

STD Awareness Month

April is STD awareness month. What are STD’s? They are infections that are transmitted through sexual acts. Most people don’t realize that this includes oral sex. There are ways to prevent the spread of STD’s during oral sex.

Heart Health

The leading cause of death for men and women in the United States is heart disease. Heart disease accounts for 1 in 4 deaths annually. If you are interested in discussing your risk for heart disease then schedule an appointment or mention it at your next annual.

Importance of an Annual Women’s Wellness Exam

We know that many patients have questions about whether an annual visit is needed yearly. Dr. Jukes and her team know that a yearly Well Women Exam is the foundation for wellness, disease identification, and management, as well as a key component to promoting healthy life. Having a yearly gynecological exam is an important aspect of responsible preventative healthcare and ensures your physical and reproductive well-being.

Diabetes Prevention

November is American Diabetes Month- so it's a great time to remind our patients of the importance of your annual bloodwork. Your annual bloodwork will measure your fasting glucose levels. A high level of fasting [READ MORE]

Breast Cancer and Lifestyle Factors

October is breast cancer awareness month and a good time for all of us to consider risk factors for developing breast cancer. Most are familiar with the risk factors related to family and certain gene mutations (BRCA), but it’s important to also consider lifestyle-related risk factors. These are important because these are the risk factors you can do something about. We call these risk factors, modifiable. They differ from the non-modifiable risk factors like age and genetics.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2017

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer risks, the value of screening and early detection, and treatment options available to women and men who are diagnosed with one of the many forms of breast cancer. More than 249,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every year, and nearly 41,000 die from the disease.

Healthy Girl Workout

In my 12 plus years of caring for women, I have heard every excuse in the book for not exercising…. “I don’t have time”, “I have kids”, “I can’t afford a gym”, “I don’t know where to start”, etc. Weight is a concern for many of my patients. Excess weight also increases risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer. I am a firm believer in healthy diet and exercise, both to lose weight and to maintain a healthy weight.

Skin Cancer Awareness

Melanoma is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States and the deadliest form of skin cancer. Rates of melanoma are rising rapidly, especially in younger people. In fact, cases of melanoma have tripled in the last 30 years, at a time when cancer rates for other common cancers have declined.

Eating and Treating vs Causing Disease

Food acts as medicine, says Leder Scholar One quarter of Baltimore residents don't have easy access to stores stocking healthy foods, and empty calories from sugar and solid fats make up 40% of the daily [READ MORE]

Women’s Fertility

Many women are surprised to learn that their ability to conceive decreases with age. According to the CDC “A women’s chances of having a baby decrease rapidly every year after 30”. ACOG (The American College [READ MORE]

Lemon Zest Spinach

Ingredients: 1 tsp. olive oil 2 green onions, chopped, including green portions 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/4 lb. fresh spinach leaves, cleaned, dried and stemmed 1 1/2 Tbs. white vinegar 3 tsp. grated lemon [READ MORE]

True Cost of Diabetes and Prevention

Epidemiological study cohorts have shown a gradual increase in the worldwide incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Based on the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014, 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes aged 20 years or older (12.3% of the adult population), and 1 in 4 do not know it.

Tomato Salad with Cardamom

Ingredients: 3 pints mixed small heirloom tomatoes, halved, quartered if large ¼ cup Quick-Pickled Chiles 1 garlic clove, finely grated 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 tablespoons olive oil ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper ¼ cup cilantro leaves with tender stems Directions: Combine tomatoes [READ MORE]

Zika Virus

Public Health Alert Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected species mosquito. The most common symptoms are fever, [READ MORE]

Mug Cake Donuts

Ingredients: ¼- ½ tsp baking powder (not soda) 1 pack of Chocolatey Caramel Mug Cake ½-1 tsp oil (olive) 3 Tbsp egg whites (could sub one whole egg) 3 Tbsp Vanilla Ready drink Directions: Mix [READ MORE]

Vulvovaginal Atrophy

Painful intercourse, or dyspareunia is a common complaint of women prior to, during and after menopause. It is caused by a decrease in estrogen levels in the body. The vaginal tissues really love estrogen. During [READ MORE]

Zucchini Chips

Serves one person 2 cups zucchini, finely sliced 1 tsp. grape seed oil Cumin powder Sea salt & pepper to taste Preheat oven at 400F. On a large baking sheet, place zucchini slices evenly. Now, [READ MORE]

Gestational Surrogacy

Looking for a healthy woman interested gestational surrogacy?  For more information, please contact our practice manager, Kelly Zimbelman via email at  or by phone: 512.301.6767

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